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New York Times; No Better Time To Buy Boulder Real Estate

By Michael Hughes January 25th, 2010

Regarding real estate anywhere, the question is, should I buy now or should I wait?  Clearly the opinion of the New York Times is that buying Boulder Real Estate in Boulder, Colorado guarantees controlled growth, no houses stealing up the nearby foothills.  No mega-towers and the town is surrounded by the magnanimous open space.  Also that a substantial fraction of the city’s budget goes toward purchasing more open space guaranteeing that this will be here for our children and their children’s, children’s, children.  Hiking, biking, running, walking, skating, climbing, skiing, fresh air are all at our beckoned call.

There is a premium put on the natural environment.  Many folks in town are maverick second home/condominium dwellers.   Pearl Street, a 4 block outdoor pedestrian mall is a hub for social interaction,   What’s the draw to Boulder? Lower taxes than most large cities in the east, clean air, clear water, safe streets  (with the exception of those who continue to text while driving), dining and late night cappuccinos  (bargain priced to haute cuisine), brilliant public and private schools, blue sky, CU-Boulder, friendly neighbors, 300 sunny days a year, a farmers market to die for and views, views, views. I have to agree.  I have been here since the early 80’s it just gets better and better and better.

On the high end penthouse condos can go for $2M + but the taxes are say around $13,000 and on the low end $399,000 with taxes around $2,100 per year.  If you wish to pursue a property in Boulder give me a call today Michael. To read the entire story go to New York Times

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85 Dining Options in Boulder, Colorado-Valentines is coming!

Posted by Michael Hughes January 22, 2010

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Relocating to Boulder

By Michael Hughes    January 19, 2010

Boulder, a unique city located on the footsteps of the Rocky Mountains in Boulder County. Boulder is a short drive from Denver. With a population of nearly 112,000 residents (city and outlying areas). Boulder has beautiful scenery, and is one of the best relocation cities in the U.S. Cultural, business, educational and employment needs are all in this vibrant city. The economy is solid, and will only get better in the up coming years. For its’ size it has the 8th lowest unemployment rate in the U.S. The average household income for its families is about $85,000. While the average house value is estimated at $366,000. These numbers combined means owning a house in Boulder is a sound investment.

In addition to many small, entrepreneurial businesses, major employers include companies and  research laboratories such as the soon to be ConocoPhillips, IBM, Ball Aerospace, the National Institute for Standards and Technology and the National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration. Adding to Boulder’s progressive spirit is the University of Colorado, the academic and cultural anchor of the community.

Boulder Valley residents experience four unique seasons with over 300+ days of sun. The city’s panoramic views, open space & greenbelt system serves as a buffer to preserve its picturesque setting.

Boulder boasts some of the best restaurants in the area. This robust community has more than 100 restaurants catering to all palates; Haute Cuisine, Italian, Mexican, Tex-Mex, American, and Continental foods along with many deli’s and cafe’s are some of the choices.

Boulder has always been one of the best places in the entire country to raise a family. With a low crime rate, the streets of Boulder are safe and secure. The public education system is extremely solid. The Boulder Valley Re 2 is a great school district.

Due to the cities’ historic, classic and  eclectic architecture a warm and friendly feeling is projected. Newly constructed projects and housing starts have continued Boulders relocation allure. Boulder is truly an ideal relocation option.

If you have questions or would like a relocation package or need help relocating to Boulder you can call me directly at 303-359-6627 or visit me at or visit my blog at

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Knollwood Boulder, Colorado


By Michael Hughes    January 16, 2010

The neighborhood of Knollwood has always been unto its’ own.  It is near downtown Boulder, close enough to walk to any of the nearby coffee shops or just to take a stroll.  Quiet but close. If you live there, of course you know that there is a foot trail down to Pearl St.  Nearby restaurants are Jax, Salt, The Kitchen, Juanitas’, Bacarros’ and more.  Knollwood is backed by Red Rocks hiking area to the west and right across the street is Mount Sanitas hiking trail to the north.  A great trail for hiking, or if it’s in you running.  The great thing about the Mount Sanitas hiking trail is that the main road for the trail faces south, so even if it snows the snow is melted quickly under the Boulder sun.  The views from Knollwood can be Red Rocks, great Flatirons views or the city lights.  A few years ago there were some major scrapings in Knollwood and some very contemporary modern homes have manifested among the classic and eclectic homes in the neighborhood. Properties for sale in this area are infrequent, people typically invest here and stay.  The streets in Knollwood are Green Rock Dr,Knollwood Dr ,Willow Glen Ct,  and Brookside Ct.

Here is yet another example of a great neighborhood in Boulder where people thrive.  Boulder; The best place in the world to live, grow and thrive.

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Whittier Neighborhood-Boulder, Colorado

Whittier Neighborhood in Boulder, Colorado another place to thrive

By Michael Hughes  January 15, 2010

Next to downtown Boulder, though much quieter and seemingly worlds away from the pace of downtown, is the neighborhood of Whittier. Another of Boulder’s first neighborhoods, Whittier has a quiet charm, massive trees and incredibly beautiful homes. The Whittier neighborhood encompasses part of downtown Boulder and boasts numerous home styles  including many historic and land marked homes. Whittier Elementary school is the oldest continuing operating school in the state. The neighborhood encompasses the residential sections of Boulder bordered by Bluff Street to the North, 28th Street to the East, Canyon Boulevard to the South, and Broadway to the West.

Neighborhood events include:

  • An annual “Council Tea” to meet Council candidates;
  • Alley parties;
  • A Labor Day potluck;
  • Maintenance of the flower plantings at neighborhood bus stops.

Properties in this area are well taken care of and much-loved by their owners, and these large, homes compliment the traffic-less streets. The fascinating architectural details in this area set it apart from newer Boulder neighborhoods; with slanted rooftops, curved windows, stone facades, arched shingles and contrasting trim colors. It’s a feel good neighborhood.

Whittier echoes expense and luxury in a very down-to-earth manner. The neighborhood’s sumptuousness is reflected in its character. It feels like a close, family neighborhood where your kids could actually play in the street.

The Pearl Street Mall and an amazing array of shopping and dining options are just minutes on foot from Whittier, but this neighborhood does have a few hot spots of its’ own. Great fine dining in the area at Johns Restaurant, Mateo and Fresca.  Also if your looking for sandwiches Snarfs or Salvaggios both on Pearl St.

Visit Whittier and you will feel the quiet,  the warmth and charm of this wonderful downtown neighborhood.

If you have questions or need help finding the perfect home call me, Michael Hughes 303-359-6627 at Fuller Sotheby’s International Realty, you can also visit my website or e-mail me

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